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Pens for Sows, Boars, and Feeders

This weekend we need to wrangle some pigs around. We have some sows that need to get in with some boars. We have been trying to schedule a couple litters per month. In order to do that, each month we need to rotate sows to be with our boars. I have 2 sows that need to get in with the boar this weekend. In order for that to happen, we need to take 3 sows out.

Feeder Pigs needing to be sorted
Feeder Pigs Needing to be Sorted

It is going to be a struggle this year, we are growing our herd and feeding out more than we have in the past. We currently have 5 pens being used just to grow out pigs. We have pigs that range from 25 lbs. up to 230 lbs. We try to keep pigs together and grouped by size. As some of our pigs grow at different rates, we have to keep an eye on the pens and keep moving up the pigs that are growing quicker. If there gets to be too great of a size difference, there will be bullying,  and the smaller pigs will not get their share to eat.

We have split up some of our bigger pens in order to divide the feeder pigs according to size. This weekend we are needing to divide another one of our larger pens to make a new pen. I have a size difference starting again and no good option to separate them. So a new pen must be built. As we have been adding new pens,we have been struggling to keep up with building new shelters and water barrels.  Soon I am also going to run out of pens that we can split and we will have to start expanding out to new areas. Splitting a pen is a lot cheaper than buying panels to make an entire new pen.

We have designated farrowing pens, boar pens, and grow out pens. Soon we will be getting our farrowing pens ready to have little babies, but for now we are using them to house our breeding groups. I am short one boar pen, which I will need to create before we switch over to farrowing, but I am still not certain how I where I want it to go.

 

 

 

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Fattening up the hogs!

Fat Hogs
Ossabaw Island and Duroc cross fat hogs

We are fattening up some more hogs. We have some very nice looking Ossabaw Island Hogs. If you have never tried Ossabaw Island Pork, I suggest you do if you ever get the chance.

Almost all of our Ossabaw Island pork has sold itself. We get orders by customers that were given a sample from a friend, or had been given testimony of their great meat. Although still very rare, they can be found throughout the U.S. It is harder to get started raising Ossabaw Island Hogs for profit because they take longer to grow and have smaller litters. But, if you can stick it out, it is well worth the effort in the long run.

 


 

 

 

More great news I found about Chinese food Imports

China’s dangerous culture of chemical adulteration and
counterfeit food products came into focus for American consumers in 2007, when China exported pet food ingredients
tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.
A byproduct of coal processing that is used frequently in
plastics, melamine has attracted the interest of unscrupulous
Chinese food processors and animal producers because of
its high nitrogen content and low price. The high nitrogen
of melamine-contaminated food, like milk, artificially raises
measurements of protein content in common laboratory
tests, leading to higher prices in the market.
But the use of melamine has meant that consumers — and their pets — get nutritionally inferior food laced with a deadly chemical.
In 2007, the FDA received reports of 17,000 pet illnesses,
including 4,000 dog and cat deaths, believed to be the result
of melamine contamination in the imported Chinese gluten
ingredients used to make pet food.
Sixty million packages of pet food were recalled in the United States, the largest in history. Some of the melamine-contaminated pet food
was redirected to hog farms; thousands of hogs that ate the
contaminated food were put to death in an effort to keep
melamine-contaminated meat from entering the food supply.
But the FDA and USDA still allowed 56,000 hogs that
ate melamine-tainted pet food to be processed into pork,
which was then sold at supermarkets.
What do you think the Chinese feed their livestock?
How did the FDA and USDA figure that this pork was safe?
More Greed based decisions by our government!
Just think, Congress has been making steps to hide the origin of imported foods. They are voting to end the country of origin labeling on meat and poultry sold in the US.  Read more here.
The more I read the more I am disgusted with our government and why they let this crap into our country. Our government needs to do more to protect us.
But until they do, start protecting yourself. Do your research and locate some local farms and start buying locally. Farm to Table is the best way.


 

Congress votes to end country of origin labeling

Wow!!   Bad news for the consumer!!

It is getting increasingly more important to find a source of farm raised meat. Congress has voted to end the labeling of “country of origin” on almost all meat and poultry. This can’t be a good thing for those that are wanting meat raised in a healthy way.

Also, with the government wanting to pass another trade deal to be able to make it easier to trade with Asian countries, that means Chinese meat will now be pushed into our markets without being labeled. Forget all of the warnings about meat and fish raised in China, it will no longer matter because you will not know where it is from.

Once again-

-Profits over Health-

-Big business over the individual-

Congress once again shows who it really represents. This country is going down the crapper!!

Bypass the attempt to push foreign sub-prime meat onto your plate, buy your meat locally. You know where it was raised, how it was treated, and who processed it. Plus it hasn’t traveled across the earth to get to your table.


 

What are we eating? Is fast food what you think it is?

I just read an article about McDonald’s Artisan Chicken Sandwich. McDonald’s is simplifying the ingredients because they realize that their customers want to be able to recognize and pronounce the ingredients in the food they eat. It was the push for higher profits that made their chicken sandwich a target for change in the first place.

What can we use that is cheaper, something that we can pass off for real meat? How much can we push the federal guidelines for the allowance of “other stuff” in our meat. How can we convert scraps that we would  normally throw away into something the customer would recognize and purchase?

The people are waking up to what these big corporations are putting in our food. Wood pulp as filler in the beef. Meat glue used to combine meat particles together to mimic what they used to sell. Meat trimmings left over from the cut room floor, pressed into a familiar shapes and seasoned to taste like what it is representing, is all to popular for these corporations. No wonder why sales are dropping, people will only buy into their farce for so long before they expect better.

Have you read the label on packaged frozen chicken breasts in your local supermarket? I did, I found out that what I thought were actual chicken breasts, were actually made from the meat taken from in- between the ribs. This rib meat is then meat glued together into the shape of a chicken breast. It is pretty convincing, I wouldn’t have known until someone told me to look for it.

My Grandpa always said that he would never buy a chicken unless it was a whole chicken.  He was afraid that parts of the chicken that went bad would be cut away and they would sell the rest of the chicken as parts. He had great vision and knew that people would do anything to retain profit even at the expense of others.

A friend of my parents says that he would never buy canned beef. He said it was made from the cow’s bag. Could be true. And they would be right in saying that it is 100% beef. The only thing is, the consumer is expecting actual meat from a muscle group. As long as it can be passed off as something more appealing, the company will have a good chance of making a sale. Selling the cow’s bag would increase the revenue that they can produce from one animal.

Back in the day they may have used the cow’s bag as a leather pouch, but unless I am mistaken, I know of no recipes that call for it handed down through my family. I know that back in the day they used all parts of the pig, and would use the squeal if they could. That is being resourceful, and frugal. But I am sure they didn’t hide what was in their stew and call it something that sounded more appealing. And if something “fell” into the meat as they were processing it, they took it back out. Corporations just figure that 2% of “other” non meat stuff is great because they can sell that too.

It is sad when you can’t trust what you buy to eat.  I think that the only way to truly be able to trust what you are eating is to grow it yourself. The second best way would be to buy from a local farm that raises their animals like you would.

This is why I raise my own meat!!

 

 

The Ossabaw Island Pork Difference

You go into the grocery store and shop for pork and think that their pork represents all pork. No!!!! Just because the big box grocery stores only sell bland, colorless, tough, tasteless, antibiotic and hormone filled pork, it does not mean that there is not something out there that is better. There definitely is better pork.

Grocery store pork is from pigs that have been bred over the years to adapt to large confinement production.  They have been bred to have large number litters, and grow at a fast rate. Why? Because that is what makes large producers money. large numbers and quick turns equal more profit. Do you know why they push for lean pork? because it takes longer and costs more to produce a meat with some fat in it. Fat is directly proportional to better taste. No fat equals no taste.

Any “small farm” raised pork will be better than the grocery store pork. But to find the best pork available, you will have to find Ossabaw Island pork. One of the first and original breeds brought to America.

Ossabaw Island pigs have not been genetically engineered to put money in somebody else’s pocket.  They are not an economical pig to raise so no large confinement operation will even remotely consider them. They haven’t been bred to have super large litters, or grow super fast. They are still basically the same pig that they were in the 1400’s.

Ossabaw Island pork is red-meaty-pork with a fat marbling. If finished out correctly they have a very sweet, easy to cook meat comparable to a fine beef. You can have a domestic breed of pig and an Ossabaw Island pig raised the same way, on the same farm, and a taste test will still show a remarkable difference in the meat.

I have sold and eaten a lot of Ossabaw Island pork. Everybody that I know that has had the opportunity to try Ossabaw Island pork, has noticed the difference. The Ossabaw Island Pork Difference.  A difference that makes you want more, a difference that makes you fight over the meat left on the bone.

Thank you,

Burnin R Farms